England: Into the Unknown
Kevin Myers, Daily Telegraph (conservative), London, Sept.
entire world crossed a terrible threshold. We departed from the
realm of ordered events into the realm of chaos, where the laws
of predictable consequence no longer apply. But a truly proportionate
response, a hecatomb on a scale with Manhattans, is politically
impossible for the United States, and certainly the wretched bones
of Osama bin Laden and his apostles are no compensation. Yet the
absence of such a proportionate response can be acclaimed
as a victory for the perpetrators, and that too is politically impossible.
United States must punish Islamic fundamentalists for last Tuesdays
unfathomable wickedness, but by doing so it could very well destabilize
the very states in the Middle East upon which the world economy
depends. For one of the geo-religious paradoxes of the planet is
that the meridians of oil and Islam coincide, with virtually every
state along those meridians being threatened by Islamic
who made a small Hiroshima of the World Trade Center are fully aware
of this. They know that it is simply impossible for the United States
to take serious action anywhere in those regions without possibly
catastrophic and wholly unpredictable results. The main purpose
of the Manhattan and Pentagon atrocities was not simply mass murder,
though that, of course, was pleasing enough. It was to kill enough
people so as to make retaliation absolutely inevitable.